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Wed
16
Jul

Maplewood illustrator recreates classic fables


Mike Wilke, writer and illustrator for Cornerstone Stories, says his favorite fable he’s done is “The Bearded Fool,” a story about a man who decides to burn part of his beard off after reading that all men with long beards are fools. “I did relate to it,” Wilke laughs. (Kaylin Creason/Review)

Maplewood illustrator Mike Wilke exhibits comics from his book “Watermelon Bones: The Sequel.” (Kaylin Creason/Review)

Political cartoonist Mike Wilke, 58, has been drawing for most of his life, but he’s never done anything like this. For the past year, Wilke has been illustrating fables for children’s books.

Thu
03
Jul

River Rats launch summer season at Keller Lake


The Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team performed this summer’s first show at Keller Lake in Maplewood with pyramids, barefooting, doubles, jumps and more June 26. The ski club normally performs on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis but couldn’t last week due to high water. The water ski show unfolded with a Star Wars theme.

A spray of water followed as the Twin Cities River Rats highlighted their backside, barefoot and spinning feats Thursday evening.

Both Stormtroopers and a Jedi Jump Team brought daring acts as the Twin Cities River Rats hit the jump going 36 miles per hour.

photos by Linda Baumeister/Review

Thu
03
Jul

Board member Paul Mock voted parade grand marshal


White Bear Avenue Parade grand marshal Paul Mock is an advertising account executive at Lillie Suburban Newspapers. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Mock’s work with community earns him special distinction
The White Bear Avenue Parade has been around for a long time. The Ramsey County Fair has been around even longer; 2014 will be the 101st fair to be exact.

Wed
02
Jul

Concert in the park hits Hause Park


People brought their lawn chairs to Hause Park on a nice summer evening and enjoyed a classic rock ‘n’ roll and country concert. Up next will be “Mouldy Figs” on July 24 and “Zinghoppers & Mullet River Boys” Aug. 28. The free concerts are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hause Park. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

The “Any Day Now” lead singer goes out into the audience looking for people to sing along at Hause Park June 26. The North St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department, Window World and Sandberg Funeral and Cremation are sponsoring this summer’s free outdoor concert series.
Wed
25
Jun

In Memory: Sara Ann Groetsch

Sara Ann Groetsch, North St. Paul resident, passed away peacefully on June 7 at St. Joseph Hospital, St Paul. Sara was born Jan. 13, 1939 in St.

Thu
19
Jun

Oakdale-Maplewood Lions present scholarships to local students


Linda Baumeister/Review

The Oakdale-Maplewood Lions presented four $1,000 scholarships at a recognition  held at Oakdale City Hall June 12. The Lions are the largest service organization in the world.

Wed
18
Jun

National guard colonel retires


Col. Eric Ahlness has been all over the world during his 29-year stint with the United States Army National Guard. Ahlness recently retired after a decorated career and has transitioned to a postition at Cargill. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Col. Eric Ahlness was sent overseas many times in 29 years of service
Colonel Eric Ahlness has been all over the world. As part of his 29-year stint with the U.S. Army National Guard, he has seen short deployments in Greece, Norway, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and some longer deployments in Bosnia and Afghanistan.

Tue
17
Jun

In Memory: Alice Johnson Anderson Wilder


Alice Wilder

Alice Johnson Anderson Wilder, 95, of Whitley County, Ken., North St. Paul and Huntersville, NC., passed away June 8 at home, surrounded by her family.

Mon
16
Jun

Urban Cross campers have big hearts for the East Side


Urban Cross volunteers paint an East Sider’s house on a sunny afternoon. Urban Cross is a youth mission camp that was started by Mounds Park United Methodist Church five years ago. Volunteers through the camp have spend a week doing volunteer work to fix up East Siders’ homes. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Urban Cross volunteers painted the shed of a single homeowner named Jodi, who, due to chronic pain, can no longer keep up with yardwork. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Urban Cross volunteers did yardwork for a homeowner whose yard had gone into disrepair. They mowed, weeded, and trimmed bushes and trees. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Five years ago, Erick Buck, youth leader at Mounds Park United Methodist Church, came across a brilliantly simple idea: rather than spend loads sending the church’s youth on cross-country mission t

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